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Heroin worth Rs 250 cr seized, three arrested

Heroin worth Whopping Rs 250 Crore Seized, Three Arrested

AMRITSAR – The counter-intelligence wing of the Punjab Police seized 50kg of heroin (worth Rs 250 crore in the international market) and a pistol from three smugglers Thursday. The seizure was made at Gazal village in the Khemkaran sector.

Those arrested were identified as Angrej Singh of Rattoke village, Raj Singh and Joginder Singh of Gazal village. They were produced in a local court that remanded them in three-day police custody.

Gaurav Yadav, IG, Counter-Intelligence, said Joginder Singh had his land across the barbed border fence. He took permission from the BSF to cut a tree standing on his land. He cut the tree into logs. The same night, his accomplices in Pakistan replaced those logs with hollowed ones with heroin concealed in them. They managed to dodge the BSF jawans and got the logs stashed in their house at Gazal village.

The Counter-Intelligence Wing, however, got to know about it after interception of their talks on mobile phones with Indian SIM cards. A team of Counter-Intelligence Wing headed by Gurinderpal Singh Nagra raided the premises and seized the consignment. It also seized 250gm opium and a .30 bore pistol from their possession.

Preliminary investigations indicated that the narcotics were smuggled by Pakistani druglord Shahbaj Ahmad, alias Kala.

Joginder Singh is a nambardar of his village and has close links with ruling political party leaders in the area, said sources.

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